Lawmakers about to pass path to legal residency and citizenship for residents without status

In the US congress today, it was announced that there has been a deal between lawmakers for a new immigration reform bill. the details have not been released as of yet, but it appears that the preliminary reports show that:

1. There is a path to legal permanent resident status and eventually citizenship.
2. The law will affect those persons who can show that they were present in the US prior to 2012.
3. A fee will be assessed as a penalty, and there will be a lengthy application form requiring a significant amount of evidence proving that the immigrant is in compliance with the law in all other aspects, including not being convicted of any major crimes.
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News on new Immigration Policies for California

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision on continuances in immigration court that both recognized their importance and decried their alleged overuse.  This decision will have widespread implications for immigration court process. The case, Matter of L-A-B-R-, addresses circumstances under which an immigration judge can continue a case so a person in removal proceedings may […]

The post Sessions’ Decision Places New Burdens on Individuals in Removal Proceedings and Immigration Judges appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 21, 2018, 10:33 pm

The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown […]

The post USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:40 pm

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the union that represents the nation’s immigration judges, is challenging the government’s decision to remove an immigration judge from a well-known case and replace him with a judge who immediately ordered the immigrant in the case deported. NAIJ’s grievance addresses the treatment of one immigration judge, but its […]

The post Immigration Judges’ Union Fights for Judicial Independence appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:00 pm

In the wake of the government separating thousands of asylum-seeking families, the Trump administration has scrambled to reunite families. In place of family separation, the administration is pursuing the expansion of an equally horrific practice: holding families in detention camps. This practice has sadly persisted in the United States since 2001. Neither option—separation or detention—is […]

The post Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 6:08 pm

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised, final policy memorandum on August 9, 2018 that radically changes how the agency will determine when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after […]

The post Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 15, 2018, 8:20 pm

America’s generosity is reflected in our immigration system. Throughout our nation’s history (with some shameful exceptions), we have allowed individuals to come to the United States to reunite with family members and offered safety and protection to those who need it most. Yet the Trump White House publicly opposes these fundamental American traditions and values. […]

The post White House Residents Directly Benefit from America’s Generous Immigration System appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:36 pm

A small town in Nebraska was rocked last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents raided multiple businesses, arresting 133 undocumented immigrant workers in an operation which has already created upheaval in the community and its local agriculture industry. This raid is the latest amid a series of enforcement […]

The post Immigration Raid in Nebraska Devastates Local Agriculture Industry and Families appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 13, 2018, 8:50 pm

When the Trump administration began prosecuting migrant families and separating thousands of children from their parents, many in the administration predicted this would significantly deter migrants looking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. That has not been the case. A recent study based on new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows this policy […]

The post Family Separation, Harsh Enforcement Tactics Do Not Deter Migration appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 10, 2018, 3:06 pm

A key part of President Trump’s effort to bar so-called “sanctuary” cities and counties from receiving money from the federal government has been ruled unconstitutional. Last week’s decision by a federal court of appeals is just the latest in a string of defeats for the Trump administration in federal court as it continues to attack […]

The post President Trump’s Anti-‘Sanctuary’ City Order Is Unconstitutional appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: August 9, 2018, 7:00 pm

Recently released internal communications at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveal a plan to restart the deportation cases of hundreds of thousands of people whose cases are currently administratively closed. This initiative has the potential to swell the immigration court backlog (currently at 730,000 cases) to over one million cases. Administrative closure is a docket-management […]

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Posted: August 8, 2018, 9:51 pm
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5 rumors about the 2013 immigration act: questions, answers, and the real program explained

There has been a lot of speculation and anticipation about the new Obama Immigration law for 2013.  Here are some myths, facts and general information.  Note: the law has not become final as of the date of this article, 02/21/2013.


1. RUMOR: The immigration act would allow illegal immigrants to get legal green cards.  TRUTH:  The memo leaked to USA today in February provided for a new class of visa that could make current illegal residents legal, with a four year expiration. An extension for another four years would be available, and after that, an opportunity to apply for a green card would be available. Immigration Lawyer Office

2. RUMOR: Illegal immigrants would have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for the 2013 Obama Immigration program.  TRUTH: To apply for the program as described in the leaked document, Illegal immigrants would have to pay back taxes on earnings. However, many illegal residents already pay income and payroll taxes for both California and Federal Tax.

3. RUMOR: The new immigration reform is just a deportation program designed to get the names of illegal immigrants. TRUTH: The 2012 Obama Deferment Program for juveniles promised that the USCIS and Department of Homeland Security would not use the information that was collected about the applicant’s family to initiate deportation proceedings.  To this Lawyer’s knowledge, the DHS and USCIS has made good on this promise, so there is no reason to think that they would not do the same for any new Immigration program.

4. RUMOR: If an illegal immigrant has been arrested, if they apply for the new Immigration program, they will be denied and deported.  TRUTH:  There will assuredly be requirements in any new reform law that will disqualify illegal immigrants if they have been arrested multiple times or for serious offenses. It will be VERY IMPORTANT for anyone sebastopol-larkfieldwikiup-attorney.jpgconsidering applying for any immigration program who has ever been arrested to consult with an immigration attorney to discuss their particular situation.

5. RUMOR: Once an illegal resident is approved for the 2013 program, they can bring their whole family to the US from their home country.  TRUTH: There is a provision allowing for some sort of pathway to bring one’s family here, according to the leaked memo. However, since the law has not been finalized as of today, we simply do not know how this would work  Stay tuned.

-Sean Ramsey, Immigration Attorney in Sebastopol, CA.

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